In a peaceful and private area in the center of Ferrara, in the historic heart of this medieval city just steps from the Church of Santa Maria in Vado and palazzo Schifanoia, is the door to what was once the private residence of Commander Julius Colombani. Guests are welcomed into a spacious garden with a porch offering the rediscovery of true emotions in nature and the unique sensation of living just like at home.
He was born into a modest family in Portomaggiore in 1900. From an early age, he showed brilliant intelligence and an innate curiosity for everything around him. He graduated as electrical engineer and it is said that, while still young, applying the knowledge developed while studying, he designed the wiring in his house by himself. He worked alongside his father in the artisan production of jams, soon transforming it into a business, although a small one (1932). At a time when automation was yet to come, he devised and built, with the collaboration of his mechanics, processing plants that are still cutting-edge today. During World War II the factory in Portomaggiore was completely destroyed (1945) but this resilient man rolled up his sleeves and opened a new factory in an old manufacturing workshop. Production resumed in 1946 with expanded production of preserved fruit, canned tomatoes, soups and juices. In 1952, production of “Jolly Colombani” brand juices began. In the following years, Colombani products grew to obtain international and European prestige. Giulio Colombani died in in Ferrara in 1972.